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Buck Moon: First of Four Supermoons in 2023 Tonight

Last Updated on September 11, 2023 by SPN Editor

Ohio/July 3, 2023 (SPN) | As the sun sets on Monday, July 3, the Buck Moon will make its grand entrance, reaching peak illumination below the horizon at 7:39 a.m. ET.

To witness this awe-inspiring sight, sky gazers can simply look towards the southeast, provided local weather conditions permit.

July’s lunar spectacle, known as the Buck Moon, will grace the heavens as the first of four supermoons to rise in 2023.

This celestial event promises a breathtaking display, with the moon appearing brighter and larger than any previous full moon this year.

Dr. Shannon Schmoll, director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University, explains that a supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit brings it closer to the Earth, causing it to appear slightly larger in our sky.

While the naked eye may not immediately discern the size difference between a supermoon and a regular full moon, The Old Farmer’s Almanac assures us that July’s full moon will shine more luminously from a distance of 224,895.4 miles (361,934 kilometers) away.

The Buck Moon holds additional significance, earning its name from the annual cycle of shedding and regrowth of male deer’s antlers, which typically occurs in July. This natural phenomenon marks the time when the moon graces the night sky with its splendor.

The Buck Moon, one of the four supermoons of 2023, captivates viewers as it looms larger and shines brighter than its counterparts. This extraordinary lunar event is a result of its closer proximity to Earth, enchanting sky watchers with its ethereal beauty.

To catch a glimpse of the Buck Moon, set your sights towards the southeastern horizon after sunset on Monday night. The full moon will grace the sky, illuminating the surroundings with its celestial glow.

In Akron, the moonrise will occur at 9:55 p.m., followed by the moonset at 5:37 a.m., offering ample time to marvel at this breathtaking spectacle.

The Buck Moon owes its name to the fascinating correlation with male deer shedding their antlers during this time of the year. This natural phenomenon adds a touch of wonder to the already mesmerizing lunar display, evoking a sense of harmony between the Earth and its creatures.

Weather conditions play a crucial role in the visibility of the Buck Moon. Fortunately, Monday night promises clear skies with only a few clouds, ensuring optimal viewing conditions for spectators. According to weather.com, nature seems to align perfectly for sky gazers eager to witness this celestial marvel.

As we bask in the splendor of July’s Buck Moon, we anticipate the arrival of three more supermoons in 2023. Mark your calendars for the upcoming lunar events, including the Blue Moon in August, the Harvest Moon in September, and the Hunter’s Moon in October.

Each of these full moons promises its unique charm, captivating our hearts and minds as we marvel at the wonders of the night sky.